Monthly Archive for February, 2008

UVA Medical Center update on March 4

Those of you who work or live near the University Medical Center may find this interesting. Note that this unfortunately overlaps with the Old Lynchburg Road Citizen information meeting:

U.Va. Officials Give Update on Medical Center Plans

On Tuesday, March 4, the University of Virginia will host “Changing the Health Care Landscape: A Preview of New Facilities at U.Va.’s Medical Center.” Designed to give residents an update on Medical Center plans, the meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Rivanna/Albemarle Room of the Courtyard Marriott located at 1201 West Main St.

At the meeting, R. Edward Howell, Vice President and CEO of the Medical Center, will describe how the new buildings and new technologies reflect the changing face of medicine.

In addition, Luis Carazzana, a senior facility planner in the University’s Office of the Architect, will describe the buildings and infrastructure that will support the new Medical Center model.

The meeting, scheduled to run from 7 to 8 p.m., will include displays, resource guides and light refreshments. Ample free parking is available at the Courtyard Marriott.

To offer suggestions of topics for discussion or to gain more information, please contact U.Va.’s Community Relations Office at 924-1321 or via

Old Lynchburg Road Citizen information meeting

I (finally) attended my first Parks and Rec meeting last night as a Board member, and I hope to blog about it this weekend. Until then, I thought it important to get this information out to those who may not have seen it, particularly my neighbors in the Fry’s Spring area.

Citizen information meeting
Old Lynchburg Road Safety, Sidewalk, & Drainage Project

Tuesday, March 4, 2008
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cherry Avenue Christian Church
1720 Cherry Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903

The City of Charlottesville is excited to invite you to attend an informational meeting about the improvement to the Old Lynchburg Road corridor from the South City Limits to Jefferson Park Avenue. Come and see preliminary plans and share your ideas and concerns. This meeting will be most constructive with all participants present for the entire duration. Representatives from the City of Charlottesville and the Consultant Study Team will be on hand to discuss and receive input on a variety of citizen concerns including drainage, traffic calming, and pedestrian/ bicycle facilities.

Project information including displays showing the proposed preliminary design and potential property impacts will be available at the meeting.

If you have any questions, please contact Tony Edwards, City Engineer, at 970-3182 or email Tony at edwardst AT

My Six Words To Live By

Smith Magazine is sponsoring a contest to tell a complete memoir in just six words. Many of these have already been collected in a book Not Quite What I Was Planning, but they are also still accepting submissions on their website. My own contribution is linked below:

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“The Native People Still Live”

This Sunday, Feb. 24th at 3:00 P.M., Chief Billy “Red Wing” Tayac of the Piscataway Nation will speak at UVA  issues affecting today’s American Indians. The event, open to the public with no admission charge, is sponsored by the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice, the American Indian Student Union, the National Native American Law Student Association, and the Office of the Dean of Students of UVa.Tayac Flyer

Chief Tayac has been an Indian activist for several decades, participating in many indigenous struggles, including Wounded Knee, Gankineh, Big Mountain, OK’a, Gustafson Lake, and the Salvadorian Indian and Ecuadorian Indian Movements. Chief Billy Tayac is currently working to assist Spanish speaking Indians who are suffering a new era of economic invasion resulting from NAFTA and the unregulated practices of many multinational corporations based in the US. Once again Indian people are being forced off their land. Chief Tayac is a voice for Indian people everywhere and an inspiration to all of us.

Additional information can be found at the AISU website.

“Uncounted” to screen Feb. 21, free

UncountedMy friends at the CCPJ are sponsoring two very interesting events this week. To begin, a free screening of Uncounted on Feb. 21 at 7:00 at Sojourner’s Church, 1017 Elliott Ave. The film is a nonpartisan look at election fraud and error, with a focus on the elections of 2004 and 2006 and the problems created by the expanded use of DRE (directly recording electronic) voting machines. Both Charlottesville and Albemarle residents vote on DREs. More information can be found at CCPJ.

News of a CCPJ Feb. 24th event can be found at this post.

2008 City Primary Results Posted

The Charlottesville Office of Voter Registration has posted the results of the February primaries as a PDF. The results are broken down by precinct, and it’s very clear to see how Obama swept them all. I was standing out in the freezing rain at my precinct for the last two hours, manning a table for the local Dems, and I have to give the Ron Paul guy due credit. He had been out there since 6:15 AM and was still there as I packed up close to 7:00 PM. We talked a bit, I learned more than I ever wanted to about the gold standard, and his candidate came in a respectable third.

What to do on Super Tuesday

February 5 is Super Tuesday, and though Virginia will not be voting until a week later, the results of that twenty-two state voting blitz could do much to determine the next nominee of each party. So if you’re not already invited to a friend’s Super Tuesday party — complete with 50′ plasma TV and ready snacks — then hopefully you have already RSVPed for the Road Back PAC “Super Duper Tuesday” gala at Gravity Lounge. For more Democratic Party events, visit

If you don’t have $30 burning a hole in your pocket, but still want to spend at least part of the evening with like-minded folk, then you may wish to attend an alternative event titled “Left of Center on Local Food”. LOC is a group for the young Dem-curious, and this event focuses on the local food movement. Left of Center can be found on the web at

“Gosh, things are going just swell in Iraq!”

In the January 29 C-Ville Weekly, Josh Levy writes an editorial about just how great things are going in Iraq:

Not long ago, it seemed as if we were on the verge of defeat; now it is likely that Iraqis and Americans together will subdue al Qaeda and other radicals in Iraq and build a peaceful and tolerant society.

Further down, he submits that “By July (2007), it looked as if Congress might force the U.S. to surrender” until Bush came up with the brilliant strategy of finally listening to all the military advisers that he had previously fired and actually increase the troop level. Levy goes on to suggest that General Petraeus should be named Time Magazine’s “Man of the Decade”.

You can bet that I will be submitting a counter-editorial, and I will highlight it in this space if it gets published. But I also find myself wondering: just who is Josh Levy?

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